Taking the Teeth Out of a Pit Bull: Limiting ESA Protections for the Polar Bear

Williams, Jamie Lee
May 2009
Ecology Law Quarterly;2009, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p591
Academic Journal
The article reports on the decision of the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the polar bear as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Despite that the Bush administration opposed to this decision, the Department significantly limited the practical significance of the listing by issuing two special rules exempting regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and oil developments. Under these rules, the use of the listing to address global climate change has been restricted.


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